Joseph Bernstein

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Joseph Bernstein
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Joseph Bernstein
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Born (1945-04-18) 18 April 1945 (age 72)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality Israeli
Alma mater Moscow State University
Known for Bernstein–Sato polynomial; D-modules; Bernstein inequality; Bernstein–Gelfand–Gelfand resolution; proof of Kazhdan–Lusztig conjectures; perverse sheaves; Beilinson-Bernstein localization
Awards Israel Prize (2004)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Tel Aviv University
Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Israil Gelfand
Doctoral students Roman Bezrukavnikov
Alexander Braverman
Dennis Gaitsgory
Edward Frenkel

Joseph Bernstein (sometimes spelled I. N. Bernshtein; Hebrew: יוס(י)ף נאומוביץ ברנשטיין‎; Russian: Иосиф Наумович Бернштейн, Iosif Naumovič Bernštejn; born 18 April 1945) is an Israeli mathematician working at Tel Aviv University. He works in algebraic geometry, representation theory, and number theory.


He got first prize in 1962 International Mathematical Olympiad.[1] Bernstein received his Ph.D. in 1972 under Israel Gelfand at Moscow State University, and moved to Harvard in 1983 due to growing anti-semitism in the Soviet Union.[2] He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1985-86 and again in 1997-98.[3]

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Bernstein was elected to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2002 and was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2004. In 2004, Bernstein was awarded the Israel Prize for mathematics.[4][5] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]


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